Miri is a coastal city in northeastern Sarawak located near the border of Brunei, on the island of Borneo. Being the second largest city in Sarawak, Miri is also the main tourist gateway to the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, Gunung Mulu National Park; Loagan Bunut National Park; Lambir Hills National Park; Niah National Park and Miri-Sibuti Coral Reef National Park.
Diving at Miri-Sibuti Coral Reefs National Park
Due to its abundance of pristine patch reefs, Miri has become a popular dive destination. The Miri-Sibuti Coral Reefs National Park lies at a depth of 7 to 40 meters. It also has an average visibility of 10 to 30 meters. The nearest dive site is a mere ten minutes from the marina bay jetty. Water temperature from March to April can be between 26 to 27ºC and at depth temperature can drop to 23ºC. This is because the monsoon is still bringing in the cold water from the northern pacific. The water will reach its normal temperature of 29 to 30ºC around May. The best time to go diving in Miri is from March to November. The diversity of corals and other marine life on the reefs is among the best in the region.
Dive sites in the National Park are mainly submerged reefs with a great diversity of soft and hard corals carpeted on the flat sea bed. The healthy marine ecosystem has created a paradise not only for the marine creatures but for divers as well.
Some of the popular dive sites are, Evs' raden, anemone Garden, Nemo City, Siwa Reefs, Sunday Reefs, Batu Belais Reefs, Sea Fan Garden, Barracuda Point, santak Point, Sri Gadong Wreck, Kenyalang Wreck, decommission oil platform and many more.
Niah National Park
Niah National Park begins with the crossing of Sungai Niah in a motorised boat. A 3km plank walk to the entrance of the Niah Caves after getting off the motorised boat. At the West Mouth of the great cave is where 40,000 years old skulls were excavated. You can also see 'belian' poles were erected to the roof by the bird's nest collectors. Moon Cave is where a shaft of sunlight shines through an opening at the roof of the cave. There is also a Painted Cave where Borneo's only red haematic paintings that is at least 1000 years old. Climb a 120 steps of wooden ladder in the Great Cave and come out of the eastern end of the cave.